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Sep 18 2021
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Coconino Rim - AZT #36Northwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Year 8 for the Stagecoach 100, a 100-mile footrace between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon along the Arizona Trail. We’ve worked an aid station on all or almost all of these. Moqui Stage Station at mile 59 is our usual location. The hundred-mile runners start showing up after around 5 PM and must be there by 2:00 AM. Several push that so the rush comes late in the day, or more precisely, early the next. We have water, Tailwind electrolyte drink, hot soups, quesadillas and all sorts of other junk food for them.

This year the rain came in frequent short waves till just after dark. Many runners dropped because of the rain but we still had a good number. The first (by quite some time) runner was a young woman from New Mexico who came through around 5:30 looking like she had barely started. I was never that young and healthy but good for her!

After shutting it down around 2:30 AM we slept a few hours in the car before breaking things down and heading home. Another great day—and night—on the AZT!
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Jul 31 2021
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
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We've been out on the trail south of Camp Geronimo, where it climbs the blown-out stretch just across an old road, a couple times lately. FS has big plans afoot for the entire Highline and we are involved in a few segments, this being one. We'll add some gentle switchback-like route to get up that sandy hill that won't hold a trail.

On the way back while cutting a deadfall we noticed the fairy ring down near the creek. There's fungus among us.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Webber Creek @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow
Strong muddy flow from recent rains.
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Jul 14 2021
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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Several years ago we placed a sign in the wrong location, my fault. Not that it would get anyone lost, there is just a better way than the sign, in its wrong location, indicated. Well-meaning (I suppose) individuals defaced the sign in attempts to correct the message. That required replacing the sign rather as well as moving it.

Drove through spots of fog going over the rim on FR300 to the AZT/General Springs vicinity, overloaded a backpack with the new sign and tools, and walked down the trail. Views to the south were spectacular with the heavy overcast. Fortunately the rain went off to the west.

It took a bit to find the sign, having come from below to place it. Fortunately, the moist sandy soil gave way and the post was soon loose, then drug up the hill to the new location. Digging the post hole went fine, again the moist sandy soil was easy digging. It pained me to re-set the pine post, which will soon rot off but there aren't any junipers within several miles and I don't envision hauling one down the trail anyway. Pine posts are abundant and nearby. With the old sign as a template, we drilled holes in the new sign and bolted it on, then trimmed and chamfered the post. All done, but for the climb back up the hill.

It amazes me how long it takes to get on top of these little nagging chores, several more to do on the trail, and at home.
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Jun 12 2021
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Babbitt Ranch - AZT #35Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Thanks to Kelly for the deadfall report on this passage, and passage 37. We ventured up and got them all until the next one falls. Finished cutting the last one about 6 PM, while the Slate fire burned a few miles south. Not wanting to think about that all night we went back up into the pine trees to camp. NOAA had said temps in the mid-50's overnight, but the car thermometer said 37, which synced with our experience in camp. So 4:00 AM we're up and heading south.

Regardless, another fine day on the AZT.
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Jun 09 2021
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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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ATA volunteers ventured out to the Mormon Grove connector trail to replace a Wilderness Portal sign that had been vandalized. They harvested a native post on-site and mounted the heavy oak sign. Being in the Wilderness, no power equipment was allowed so the post hole was dug with a manual jackhammer, a bit slower than the crew’s usual generator and electric jackhammer.

We then went to the junction and cleaned the last of the varnish off the signs planted there maybe 6+/- years ago. Nothing stands up to the AZ sun.

About as many years ago a troop of Boy Scouts and families built a series of rubble dams to check erosion down the ditched-in trail. I hadn't checked on it for several years so we went to see. It has worked as expected, but for the cheatgrass that seeded in rather than some native grasses. Maybe the FS will spring for some and we can have more scouts involved.

Another fine day on the AZT!
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May 29 2021
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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A good day with the segment steward cutting a hole in a deadfall, and cutting brush on the switchbacks above Oak Spring. We were out there with a power brush cutter a few times this winter/spring, but today was with loppers and a hand saw. We'll need one more day to finish it but that may have to wait until fall; things were getting a bit toasty on the SW exposure.
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Apr 03 2021
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
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A quick little trip out on the soon-to-be-old section of AZT Passage 25 to remove AZT signs. We thought of driving it but were glad we didn't because of a few spots that would have been a bit much even for the reliable 4Runner. Hiking this section of ugly road walk really makes one appreciate the new route that remains single-track through the Mazatzal Wilderness. But only those who hike both will ever realize the improvement--maybe the AZT should include a loop around both routes to showcase the greatly improved experience.

We were passed by an ATV about 3/4 mile from the end as we were carrying the old signposts and a plastic barrel cover. The hint that we were carrying and they were riding was a bit too subtle so we carried them out to the end.

Another fine day on the AZT.
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Very isolated, if any at all.
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Apr 01 2021
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
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Great day with nephew Brian on this trail. I had not hiked the Telegraph Canyon stretch, it's a very nice little canyon. Still amazed at the work the Conservation crews did in Arnette Canyon. (Once you get into trail work you are never just hiking.)

Lunch in the outdoor seating section at the Smokehouse afterwards, my first restaurant visit since the pandemic. Meh, should have tried Porters in its new location.

No pictures--neither of us thought of it. I'm sure my sister will have something to say about that.

dry Arnett Canyon Dry Dry
A few pools.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Telegraph Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Mar 31 2021
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Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
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An out and back from about 4 miles in, we had Papal dispensation to drive in south of the actual Bushnell Tanks. Then walked nearly to FR422 scoping out the trail for a grant application. There's a lot of work to be done so no problem maxing that out. Fire damage in Boulder Canyon wasn't as bad as it could have been, but woe is us if we get a heavy monsoon over what did burn, it's very steep.

We met at least 6 thru-hikers, all seemed to be enjoying themselves.
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Some poppies peaking out.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Crabtree Spring Dripping Dripping
We've looked for this but haven't found any development. It appears to be just Boulder Creek surfacing. There is a small trickle at the moment that probably won't last long.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pool East of 4264 - Boulder Creek Light flow Light flow
Frequently good water here and in Boulder Creek for some distance.
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Mar 19 2021
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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25Payson, AZ
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Arizona Trail Volunteers installed an AZT-first on the tantalizingly close to completed Alder Ridge realignment. Two miles into the Mazatzal Wilderness, on a basalt plain, where no power tools or digging is possible, the new route passes through a fence. No steel supergate allowed or even possible here, so how is the gate to be supported? One way is by “rock jacks” --think two circular gabions (rock-filled cages) with the support posts embedded in the rock. The mass is sufficient to hold the fence tensioned and a wire cowboy gate spans between them.

ATA Volunteer Coordinator Wendy organized a work event to take on the task. Forewarned that we had a general plan but did not know exactly what we were doing, the crew set out Friday from the eastern Wilderness boundary, carrying tools and materials over the new trail. Being the first of its kind on the AZT, some groupthink, design-as-you-build engineering was implemented and a plan soon emerged. Steel t-posts were embedded in the gabions and the fence wires were attached as the crew filled the gabions with rocks. No shortage of those in this location, all were gathered from within a very small radius.

Once in motion, the hardy crew brought the project together rather quickly, and by mid-afternoon all was complete, and everyone started the climb back to camp. Thanks to the crew, including “The Bad Dads” and sons, who joined in for the day while on their Mazzies hike.

The new trail is very nicely done—thank you American Conservation Experience leadership and crews—and the views are to die for. Another fine day on the AZT.
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Mar 16 2021
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Reavis Gap Trail #117Globe, AZ
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Arizona Trail Association partnered with the Friends of the Tonto group to apply for a State Parks maintenance grant for work on the Campaign Trail/Reavis Gap Trail connector route. This is in the remote eastern Superstition Wilderness. After years (literally) the archeological concerns were mitigated, and work could begin. The crews are about to finish their third “hitch” so we went out today to see how it was going.

They have had some weather setbacks but have done quite a bit of work, digging huge drains on the steep slopes, re-benching where needed and erecting cairns through the burned over sections that are still subject to extreme post-fire erosion.

Our plan was to hike to the top, but we bailed as the snow picked up the higher we went. Flakes were the big “soda cracker” type until the wind picked up and things got uncomfortable.

Another fine day on a “connector” to the AZT.
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Mar 10 2021
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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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ATA volunteers helped BLM install three sets of gates and ATV barriers to keep the lowlife off the National Scenic Trail. It only takes a few jerks to spoil things, so now there are locked gates blocking the routes they were using. Let’s hope it works.

Getting there was more than half the fun, Battle Axe and Rincon roads are in pretty tough shape; it took us two-and-a-half hours to get out from the Cochran area last night. Rob dropped the steel off Monday and came back with the mini-excavator with us Wednesday for the installation work. The Toyota 4Runner did not fail-overloaded to the gunwales with generators, jackhammers, water and tools, it just keeps on going, maybe because I stress about it so much.

Most of the crew camped at Cochran and walked across the river, a bit chilly in the mornings I’m sure. I believe the gage at Kelvin was showing about 150 CFS when they crossed. Rob and I camped about half a mile east of the Cochran corner near one of the gate sites. I set up on a small flat area overlooking the river bottom and enjoyed the views. We started early the second day and pushed to get out before the rain, which would have made the road impassible even if only a bit wet.

The trail just keeps getting better, which is a mixed blessing. From the “cache-water-for-me-give-me-a-ride-can-I-crash-at-your-place” social media buzz it’s starting to feel more like an amusement park than a rugged, raw, challenging adventure in self-sufficiency. But maybe that’s just an old guy’s perspective; when I did it way back in ought-10 it was uphill both ways thru the snow all by myself.

Regardless, more fun on the AZT!
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Feb 22 2021
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Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
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Wilderness sign installation repeat. We did one in the Mazzies a few weeks ago, this one went above Mills Ridge TH on Four Peaks today. No power hauler this time, we had horse power! The trail up (really up) to this location was not suitable for the crawler so Bill V bought his hardy steeds and hauled the post, sign and tools for us. No posts in the oak brush at the site so we bought our own. Trading off the bar work made the digging go OK. A through hiker came by, southbound, I didn't get his trail name but it's always fun to hear the stories.

Checked out the Game and Fish water collection system just east of the TH, all functioning well and water in the trough.

Thanks to John, Roger, Bill, and Gordon. Another great day on the AZT!
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Feb 09 2021
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Mazatzal Divide Trail #23Payson, AZ
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The Arizona Trail usual suspects tackled a Wilderness sign project today, replacing the burned (2004) sign on the Mazatzal Divide Trail, a couple miles above City Creek TH. I scouted this a few weeks ago and collected a waypoint for the actual boundary. The trail crosses it on a steep uphill run in very rocky terrain.

But Richard--“Mazatzal” here on HAZ— is the resident Mazzie historian and he knew the original sign location, a few hundred yards short of the actual boundary in a small, level, scenic clearing. I noticed an empty post there when I scouted it but didn’t register it being the original Wilderness sign location. This is clearly the better spot even if it is a bit short of the actual boundary.

We motored up the trail with the crawler-hauler, cut and trimmed a hefty dead juniper post along the way, and planted it in the exact original spot. Lunch around the worksite was quite enjoyable with much trail talk and world problem solving—if only they would ask us old guys. Then reload and head back down to the vehicles.

Thanks to Richard, Roger, John, Gordon, Mike and Joe. Another great day on the AZT.
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Dec 30 2020
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Blue Ridge - AZT #27Payson, AZ
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A little routin & scoutin on AZT Passage 27 today.

The grade down the north side to the East Clear Creek crossing is way steeper than anyone cares for so a realignment is on the "maybe-someday" list. These things start somewhere, first some computer doodling, then go look. Today was go-look. We dropped off the ridge down a gentle grade that connected to the existing route. On the way we crossed a couple fathom-drainages--deeply incised cuts through the landscape that don't show up on the topo maps. One option would be to renain on part of the current route to drop into the creek. Another more grandiose plan would be to contour west of the current route all the way to the top. This looks promising but has a serious cliff band to cross. Finding this will take some more scouting.

Another great day on the AZT.

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Dec 11 2020
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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
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ATA is assisting Globe Ranger District and their local volunteer group with signs at the Picketpost TH. This morning Roger and Gordan manned the machines to plant a sign in solid rock. This one is about 0.2 mile south of the TH, where the LOST trail takes off towards Arnett Canyon and Superior. Slow but steady progress hammering away, then set the post, tamp it in place and attach the sign.

Several hikers and a few equestrians went by while we were working, it's a very busy place this time of year.
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Dec 09 2020
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Four Peaks Trail #130Payson, AZ
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Roger, Gordon, Mike, David and Scott joined in for some log removal on Four Peaks. Tonto gave us special dispensation to be in the closure area, in writing displayed on the vehicle, so we were legal. ATA staff had scouted the trail and reported 7 targets, ranging from about a mile-and-a-half to three miles south of Pigeon Spring. We found a few bonus trees along the way.

The burn was spotty along the trail, some being quite intense with very little vegetative remains visible. Other stretches were unscathed. Regrowth is coming on strong with green shoots 12-18 inches tall.

We stopped at Pigeon Spring on the return to assess what we’d need to refurbish it. Wish I knew more about that process, so afraid we’ll ruin it.

The elevation change made for some huffing and puffing but everyone survived. Another good day on the AZT.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pigeon Spring Dripping Dripping
Pool in the spring box with tiny flow.
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Dec 03 2020
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Yet another trip south from Bushnell Tanks gate to scout reroutes around problem areas. This time with the FS archeologist to "clear" the proposed tracks. Alas, the holy grail remains undiscovered, although some deeply-set rocks in a square alignment and some shards caused some minor excitement.

Minor flow in Sycamore Creek.
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Nov 28 2020
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A little hike with the AZT Segment Steward to check on Oak Spring, which was reported as dry. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. The trough is full of cold, clear water with a good trickle running over. Met a local--and HAZ--neighbor, and saw another hiker and a runner. Also did a couple hours of brushing before heading back. We'll take a power brush cutter in to work on it some more.

We saw some serious dozer clearing near Bradshaw Tank. First thought was that the grazing permittee had cleaned out the tank but not so, so the next guess was that it was part of the Polles Fire preparation from last summer.

Another great day on the AZT.

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Tank full and overflowing.
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Nov 12 2020
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Thursday a small but loyal crew assembled to install a gate and a couple AZT reassurance signs on the new alignment of Passage 25, southwest of Pine. Over two-miles of the 7+ have been built by machine, and almost as much within the Mazatzal Wilderness is complete.

The big issue with this area is access, ~two miles is over a very rocky and rough road that takes just about an hour to traverse in granny-low and you want good tires.

The gate was the priority. Two of us had staged it and the concrete on-site Wednesday so all was ready when we finally got there. Rocks slowed the process a bit but all went well if a little slow. Farm boy Gordon offered a technique for attaching the fence wires that worked incredibly well, something that has been a problem through 80+ gate installations!

Driving those roads was so tedious we opted to use the tracked hauler over the new trail to get to the mile-distant sign site rather than spending another hour in the vehicles. This meant we had to rake out a mile of the machine tracks on the way back.

As we were installing the second reassurance sign a large Basset dog showed up, out of nowhere. We watched for her owner to arrive but no such luck. Since we had cell service I posted a “found dog” notice and photo on the local community page.

Shadows were getting long as we loaded everything into the vehicle and trailer—including the dog on Roger’s lap—and started the hour-long crawl back to civilization. By the time we got to town the dog’s owner was located and she picked Rosie up; apparently Rosie has quite a reputation for wandering off and activating the local lost-dog alert system.

Another fine day on the AZT, thank you Richard, Gordon and Roger for a very long and productive day.
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